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Gameday: UConn at Louisville

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The new motto at UConn is “all in.”

No, the Huskies aren’t playing poker, but they are playing The Cards…tonight at 7 in Louisville (ehhhhhhh).

A few things to watch in tonight’s clash:

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng

* Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng, who leads the Big East and ranks fifth in the nation with 3.5 blocks per game, will be a game-time decision with a sprained right ankle, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal. Needless to say, that could drastically change things tonight. Louisville normally uses seven players in its rotation. If Dieng has to sit, the Cards will be incredibly undermanned, especially inside.

* UConn sophomore Jeremy Lamb was one of 20 players named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List. The USBWA selects the winner (national player of the year) on March 30. Lamb and West Virginia forward Kevin Jones were the only two Big East players nominated. Check out the full list.

* Be sure to join our live chat during the game tonight.

UConn at Louisville

WHEN: Tonight, 7

WHERE: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville

RECORDS: UConn 15-7, 5-5 Big East; Louisville 18-5, 6-4

LINE: Louisville by 4 1/2

ON THE AIR: ESPN; WTIC-AM 1080

UP NEXT: Saturday at Syracuse, 1

UCONN

Shabazz Napier G 6-0 So.: Made 3 of last 29 FG attempts

Jeremy Lamb G 6-5 So.: 8-for-27 from field in past 2 games

Ryan Boatright G 5-10 Fr.: Team-high 19 pts, 5 asts, 4 steals vs. Seton Hall

Tyler Olander F 6-9 So.: 6 pts, 3 rebs vs. Seton Hall

Andre Drummond C 6-10 Fr.: Tied career-high with 7 blocks vs. Seton Hall

Niels Giffey G/F 6-7 So.: Scoreless in past 2 games

Alex Oriakhi F 6-9 Jr.: 10 pts, 8 rebs vs. Seton Hall

DeAndre Daniels F 6-8 Fr.: Played 3 mins vs. Seton Hall

Roscoe Smith F 6-8 So.: 4 pts, 3 rebs vs. Seton Hall

LOUISVILLE

Peyton Siva G 6-0 Jr.: 8.5 ppg, 5.6 apg

Russ Smith G 6-0 So.: 12.4 ppg, 2.6 spg

Kyle Kuric G/F 6-4 Sr.: 13.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Chane Behanan F 6-6 Fr.: 11-for-12 from field, 23 pts vs. Rutgers

Gorgui Dieng C 6-11 So.: 3.5 bpg ranks 1st in Big East, 5th in nation

Chris Smith G 6-2 Sr.: 8 pts, 13 rebs, 6 asts, 3 steals vs. Rutgers

Jared Swopshire F 6-8 Jr.: 3.8 ppg, 3 rpg

STORY LINES

DRUMMOND VS. DIENG: Gorgui Dieng averages 3.5 blocks, but he’s giving up 40 pounds to Andre Drummond down low. This could be a terrific game for Drummond to showcase himself against a top-notch defender.

FRONTCOURT PLAYING TIME: After a strong performance against Seton Hall, will Alex Oriakhi continue to earn minutes? Or will Blaney opt for a Tyler Olander and Roscoe Smith rotation at the power forward spot?

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Turnovers, a non-issue in the past few games, could come back to bite the Huskies if they’re careless with the ball against Louisville’s suffocating perimeter defense.

– KEVIN DUFFY

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